Amaranth is one of the easiest tropical vegetables to grow from seeds, especially in Malaysia. In fact, amaranth is a seed, not a grain.
A special fact about amaranth is that it contains high amounts of carbohydrates just like grains, and contains a high amount of protein just like legumes at the same time. Amaranth is full of main nutrients that are great to keep our bodies healthy.
Most people grow amaranth from the seeds they buy online. They are great to be added to salads, soups, pasta, rice, couscous, and even smoothies.
To grow amaranth, all you need is warm weather, water and rich soil. Furthermore, this vegetable seed can go on without water for a long time, especially once they have successfully germinated.
How to Plant Amaranth in a Container
Amaranthus are grown from seeds, and you can plant them directly into your garden. Alternatively, you can start planting them indoors in a container and transplant later.
No matter which way you start, you will need the following:
- An empty container or soil bed
- Black compost
- Red sandy soil
To start planting indoors, you should start six to eight weeks before transplanting them. As Malaysia is a tropical country without frosts, you can start anytime you wish.
To grow Amaranth from seeds in a container, simply follow these simple steps:
- Buy the seeds
The best way to get Amaranthus seeds is to buy them online.
- Prepare the Container
You will need an empty container. Take note that Amaranth plants need space to grow. However, in the beginning, they can tolerate a little crowding if you are planting them in a container.
Fill in three parts of the black compost mix with two parts of red sandy soil and one part of fertilizer. Mix it well.
- How to Germinate Seeds
Make a hole in the container and place two seeds. Add a thin layered compost and sprinkle water to keep the soil moist.
Place the container near a window because Amaranth plants need the sun. Once the seeds start growing, cut out sick, old plants, and remove weeds. The soil must be well-drained. You can water the vegetable seeds every 3 days.
When the temperature outside is between 25 to 35° Celsius, it’s time to transplant the Amaranth plants to your vegetable garden.
Don’t forget to apply fertilizer to promote optimum growth and development. It is recommended to fertilize after 7 days with 100 grams, and then reduce the amount to 50 grams 14 days after sowing.
Amaranth plants are ready to harvest after 25 days.
How to Use Amaranth
Remember amaranth does not store well for long periods and it’s best eaten fresh.
The best way to store Amaranth is in the refrigerator, in a container. The grains can be stored for up to six months but the greens will only last a couple of days.
Consider the following:
- If you pick younger greens, you can use them for salads.
- Older greens are better cooked, and they are a great substitute for spinach.
- Amaranth leaves contain three times more calcium than spinach and three times more vitamin B3.
- When you include them in your daily diet, you are adding carotene, iron, calcium, protein and vitamin C to your body.
- It is so much easier to grow this vegetable seed and cut it as needed than to buy it from your local grocery store.
As you can see, it is easy to grow Amaranth from seeds; all you need is a container, black compost, red sandy soil, fertilizer, water, and the sun. This vegetable seed is tough and it can handle the heat and dry conditions better than any other green, and that’s the reason why it’s excellent for a tropical country like Malaysia. If you are new to growing vegetable seeds, Amaranth is where you should start with because they are easy to grow and maintain, and they are super delicious. Enjoy!